An estimated 300 troops belonging to the rebel Nicaraguan Democratic Revolutionary Alliance (ARDE), led by the former "Comandante Zero" Eden Pastora, landed near the town of San Juan del Norte, across the San Juan River,near the Costa Rica-Nicaragua frontier.
GV Government troops standing outside military base in south (3 shots)
GV PAN INTERIOR FROM Newsman TO Group seated at table comprising (left to right) Minister of Interior Lieutenant Ricardo Tiffer; Captain Alejandro Guerrero Silva; Javier Alvarez of the National Sandinista Liberation Front (FSLN); Captain Bosco Centeno of the Special Troops
SV Javier Alvarez speaks (Spanish SOT) (2 shots)
SV Contra prisoner speaking to microphones
SV PAN FROM Interior Minister and Captain Silva TO 14-year-old Contra speaking (Spanish SOT)
GV EXTERIOR Soldiers stand as Contra prisoners are led in front of them
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Background: An estimated 300 troops belonging to the rebel Nicaraguan Democratic Revolutionary Alliance (ARDE), led by the former "Comandante Zero" Eden Pastora, landed near the town of San Juan del Norte, across the San Juan River,near the Costa Rica-Nicaragua frontier. Government sources said their forces drove the rebels back into Costa Rica after a fierce battle to capture the Nicaraguan border town. A government spokesman indicated that there were many casualties among rebel troops. The Sandinistas have sent reinforcements from San Carlos to defend the Costa Rican border region, and five hundred peasant families living in the area have been evacuated to a resettlement camp near San Carlos, where loyalist troops maintain a strong military presence. ARDE forces have recently renewed their struggle to topple the leftist Sandinista government in Managua after an "unnamed donor"gave them substantial military aid. A group of Sandinista officials, including Interior Minister Ricardo Tiffer and several military leaders, held a press conference on July 2 in San Carlos, during which prisoners captured in the recent encounter were brought before the assembled journalists. Among the prisoners was a 14-year-old youth who described his recruitment into Pastora's forces.